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RMS Fuel Up Affton Parent's Club

Kathy Beezley,   Rogers Middle School
Community Involvement, Student Leadership,  Teamwork
RMS Fuel Up Affton Parent's Club

Last fall, our FUTP 60 Community Committee Chair contacted the Parent Club president asking if we could visit and explain Fuel Up to Play 60. We have found that parents are curious but are not aware of what we do, have accomplished, and how they can help. We introduced our committee members offering our help with upcoming community events. Student leaders shared information about our garden, making parents aware that some of our vegetables are taken to the Affton Christian Food Pantry. Many of them offered to assist with weeding and watering during the summer months. MO State Ambassador L described lunch choices children have at school and her team served smoothies and tacos from the cafeteria with help from our nutrition manager. Our Wellness leader recruited one parent to join the Committee, which meets with the district nutrition manager several times per year. He let parents know that our FUTP 60 committee sends surveys to students, shares their opinions, and offers suggestions on what to serve at lunch and breakfast. The Chair of each of our committees - garden, budget, membership, community, activity, and wellness - were able to speak to community members in their own words and explain the program. Activity leaders described future events for students, including future Stay and Play, Heart Month, and the Amazing Race for the American Heart Association. Our Community leader explained our monthly newsletter, showed parents a copy, and asked for email addresses to keep them informed of upcoming events and activities. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to gain confidence with public speaking and realize that they are making a difference in other students' lives. It was also a great way to connect with parents, getting email addresses for our newsletter, and letting them know what we do with Fuel Up to Play 60.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

I think that parents now have a better idea of what FUTP 60 is and how we can help their children. It's great that they offered help with the garden and serving on the wellness committee, and get monthly updates on FUTP 60 news by signing up for the newsletter.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Honestly, it was mostly students. I helped them with writing note cards to make sure they didn't forget anything and introduced them, but they were the driving force.